Thursday, October 30, 2008

thing #23

This is a nice way to end the 23 Things, by summing up my thoughts. Well, it was a lot of fun at times and it was a little tedious at others. All in all I enjoyed it. It was interesting helping my coworkers to complete the exercises when they needed me, and them helping me in return when I needed them. In the end we can all feel like we accomplished something and learned something as well.

Thing #22

I revisted MOLDI today. I had previously looked at the site when the library first introduced it on the CML website. It is pretty simple to use... just download, install and register free software for your device, then checkout and enjoy. It has good search options... topic, most popular, specific title, etc. It has a fairly wide variety to choose from too!

Thing #20

I have used Youtube in the past and like being able to find and watch things I may have missed or that friends recommend. For this exercise I watched some Counting Crows videos, yet I could not use them on my blog because embedding was disabled on all of them.

Thursday, October 23, 2008

thing #21

Searching the catagories on and turned up some interesting sounding podcasts. One in particular sparked my curiousity called "Team Leader: a dark office comedy". I also saw a few under the politics catagory.
I did notice a lot of libraries that podcast on a regular basis, such as the Salt Lake County Library and the Lansing Public Library.

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

thing #18

This was a fun exercise. I used the awards catagories to explore different winning sites. I liked the sound of the catagory "Fun Stuff", and I found the site listed there. This site is a good one, ranging from one liner jokes to tragic tales to food for thought... all expressed in one sentence. I was happy to see that CitySearch got 3rd place. I use that site when planning to travel to a new city.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

thing #16

I didn't really enjoy doing this exercise, it wasn't entertaining or interesting.

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Thing #17

In my day to day work, Google Docs could help me by allowing me to edit with other people in real time. It could cut travel time and gas expense for me by allowing me to present and work with people at a distance. Since it is stored online, local hard drive failures won't impact my work. Plus... free is always good!

Monday, October 6, 2008

Thing #19

The "Tooling Around" blog is great! It shows and explains to readers how they can use various "tools" to make their online experience easier and more interesting. I also points out ways that each can be used to have greater access to the library.
I think having an "I Love the Library" badge is a neat idea!

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Thing #15

I am not a big fan of wikis. I feel that they are somewhat of a hodgepodge of information and I somewhat distrust people's interpretations of facts. They also seem to be repetition of information that I would rather get from a more credible, official source. I also prefer more professionally designed and organized websites to the more generic look of a wiki.

Saturday, September 20, 2008

thing #13

I took a look around and also saw how CML divisions are utilizing this tool to tag resources to use for reference work. I think that is a great use of the site. One can just keep this site open in a tab on the computer and have a large list of great alternatives to use to answer customer questions and find exactly what they need quickly.

I also see the value for research purpose if you were, for instance, a college student who has to write papers on similar topics for your major. You can tag the good and credible sources of info that you find and tap into them later when needed again. This could be used in an HHC too. The HHCC could create a list of sites and tag them for use year after year, as long as the sites stay current and relevant.

thing #14

I read Away from Icebergs, More Powerful Ways to Cooperate and To a Temporary Place in Time. I found To a Temporary Place in Time to be the most interesting of the 3. Envisioning her ideas about transitions of libraries from commondity to product to service to experience helped to expand my own thoughts about the library of the future. I believe we also need to be setting our sight on Library 3.0 and 4.0. These sound like the places I would like to visit!

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Thing #12

I set up my Twitter account and my username is jessicamlk. I noticed "learnandplay" is following Chris Taylor, Helene Blowers and Gerald Schwab, to name just a few. I think libraries could use Twitter to quickly update staff on things like security incidents. My first microblog was about as dull as they come, but maybe I will be more creative in the future.

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Thing #11

I like LibraryThing because I can keep an electronic list of books I've read and get recommendations and reviews from other members. I also find it interesting to see how many other people have the same book as me on their list.

Monday, September 8, 2008

Thing #10

I thought this was pretty neat... I made my own Obama logo with a picture of me and my friend on it! I found this generator by visiting the generator blog and going to This assignment was the most fun so far.

Saturday, September 6, 2008

thing #9

Well, I tried some of the search tools suggested to find feeds for my Bloglines account. I really like just using the tool provided on Bloglines. It is really easy to use, just type the keyword and search for feeds. It may not get as many unique results, but it suits my needs to find the basics to start. The Topix site is good for suggesting refined searches based upon your initial keyword and gives tons of results. I don't read blogs much unless it is someone I know, so I didn't use Technorati. I like the feeds I have set up so far!

Thursday, September 4, 2008

Thing #8

Above is a link to my Bloglines account. It was interesting setting it up and choosing which sites and topics might interest me. I have added some of my coworkers blogs to my feed as well. It is nice to have one stop to view all of my favorite sites.

Thursday, August 28, 2008

Thing #7

My friend Jennifer from Infoline just showed me how to add Meebo to my blog. Now I can send and receive instant messages. She even showed me how to customize it to match my blog. Thanks Jennifer!

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Thing #6

Flickr Montager is kinda fun to use. I like being able to pick one picture out of the mosaic and create a whole new picture with it.

Counting Crows/Maroon 5/Sara Bareilles - 8/9/08

I chose this picture because Counting Crows is my favorite band, and I enjoy browsing the pictures people post after attending their concerts. I feel almost as if I was there!

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Thing #4

I'm hoping I'll win one of the prizes by finishing all 23 things!

Thursday, April 24, 2008

Library post

I am new to using a blog and thought I would use this site to try it out!